|Publication number||US6895000 B2|
|Application number||US 09/772,914|
|Publication date||May 17, 2005|
|Filing date||Jan 31, 2001|
|Priority date||Jan 22, 2001|
|Also published as||EP1225742A1, US20020101855|
|Publication number||09772914, 772914, US 6895000 B2, US 6895000B2, US-B2-6895000, US6895000 B2, US6895000B2|
|Inventors||Cheng-Shing Lai, Jing-Song Wu|
|Original Assignee||Inventec Appliances Corp.|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (6), Referenced by (34), Classifications (21), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of Invention
The present invention relates to an Internet phone and, in particular, to an Internet phone that transmits signals through a USB interface.
2. Related Art
The development of thin clients (including windows terminals, network terminals) has been turning to extremely thin clients in order to follow the trend in light, thin, and miniaturized electronic products. This provides superiority in reducing costs so as to have a competitive power in the thin client market.
The usual voice over Internet phone (VOIP) refers to the software, hardware and technologies in transmitting digital data through the IP packages on the Internet. Its main objective is to make long distance phone calls cheaper. However, both the VOIP structure and cost are extremely complicated and expensive. If a thin client with the online function can be utilized to provide the Internet phone function, the thin client will have more extra values in applications.
It is a primary objective of the invention to add extra functions to thin clients with the online function and a digital phone connected through a USB interface so as to provide the online and telephone functions.
The Internet phone transmitting data through a USB interface includes a voice message sending procedure and a voice message receiving procedure.
First, the voice message sending procedure receives outgoing message signals through a digital phone. The input signals are transmitted to a thin client through the connected USB interface. The thin client converts the outgoing message signals into an outgoing message VOIP package. Finally, the VOIP package is stored on a local area network and further transmitted to a target through the Internet.
The voice message receiving procedure transmits an incoming message VOIP package from the target back to the local area network through the Internet. The thin client converts the incoming message VOIP package into incoming message signals. Further through the connected USB interface, the incoming message signals are transmitted to the digital phone. Finally, the incoming message signals are output through the digital phone.
The present invention will become more fully understood from the detailed description given hereinbelow illustration only, and thus are not limitative of the present invention, and wherein:
Nowadays, thin clients only provide the online function. In view of needs for multidimensional applications, the present invention provides a thin client with the Internet phone function. The hardware structure is shown in FIG. 1. Usually, a thin client 10 connects to the Internet 40 through the connection to a local area network (LAN) 20 and an Internet service provider (ISP) 30. The thin client 10 has a USB interface port 50 for coupling to a digital phone 60. The digital phone 60 also has a USB interface port 52.
The digital phone 60 further has a transceiver 61, buttons 62, and a display 63. The LAN 20 connecting the thin client 10 and the ISP 30 can be a cable modem or an asymmetric digital subscriber line (ADSL) modem. Through the Ethernet network protocol, the above-mentioned thin client 10 is then equipped with the online function.
With reference to
With reference to
The invention is featured in a digital phone 50 with a USB data transmission interface and utilizes the existing online function of a thin client 10 to connect the thin client 10 and the digital phone 50 through a USB interface, so that the combination has the function of a telephone in addition to that of a thin client 10.
The invention being thus described, it will be obvious that the same may be varied in many ways. Such variations are not to be regarded as a departure from the spirit and scope of the invention, and all such modifications as would be obvious to one skilled in the art are intended to be included within the scope of the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||370/352, 379/88.17, 370/357, 455/557, 370/389, 379/900|
|International Classification||H04M7/00, H04M1/253, H04L29/06, H04M3/533|
|Cooperative Classification||H04M7/0024, Y10S379/90, H04L29/06, H04M3/533, H04L29/06027, H04M1/2535, H04M7/006, H04L65/1059|
|European Classification||H04L29/06, H04M7/00M, H04M1/253W|
|Jan 31, 2001||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: INVENTEC APPLIANCES CORP., TAIWAN
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNORS:LAI, CHENG-SHING;WU, JING-SONG;REEL/FRAME:011496/0619
Effective date: 20001130
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